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Radish Root Ferment

{Raphanus sativus root fermented with Leuconostoc kimchii}

General: Fermenting radish roots with an age-old kimchii culture produces a highly effectively natural preservative that is now on the Whole Foods Acceptable Premium Preservative List. This ferment does what kimchii does—protects itself from other bacterial cultures.

Benefits: A natural preservative. A product with 2% of this ferment has been tested to inhibit growth of S. aureus, E. coli, P. aeruginosa, C. albicans, A. niger, K. pneumoniae, B. cepacia. We use it Youth in Bloom Extra Firming Eye Cream and Youth in Bloom Phyto-active Firming Serum because of the high concentration of bacterial-susceptible ingredients.

Source: Lotion Crafter | Washington, U.S.A. | Certified Organic

Method of Extraction: "Juice" from this carefully monitored radish ferment.


Ravensara


Rice Powder

{Oryza sativa}

General: Rice is the primary food source for one fifth of global population. Domesticated in China's Pearl River valley over 10,000 years ago, some people are reconsidering traditional field-flooding method for a more productive dry system of rice intensification.

Skin Benefits: Asian women have long used rice powder as an oil-absorbing remedy for acne or oily skin. It also has some anti-inflammatory properties and has been used for an anti-aging effect. It is one of the essential grains in our Double Action Ayurvedic Cleansing Grains.

Source: India | Certified Organic

Method of Extraction: Finely ground rice kernels


Rose

{Rosa damascena}    

General: The crusader Robert de Brie is credited with bringing this spiky shrub from Syria into Europe, hence its name, the Damask Rose. The petals have been used for thousands of years for their inspiring, sensuous aroma. Steam-distilling rose oil and rose water is an ancient tradition of the central Asian mountains, still practiced by the Bulgarian rose farmers we source from.

Skin Benefits:

Cooling and Soothing: to irritated, delicate and red skin. Soothes sunburns and rejuvenates stressed skin. Useful in our Sunshade Lotion, Nourishing Night Cream and Oregon Blossoms Hyrdating Mask.

Acne Control: Research shows that rose helps control and balance sebum production while natural anti-bacterial properties prevent acne and pimples. See our Rose & Cardamom Gentle Foaming Cleanser.

Other Benefits: Rose has powerful aromatherapeutic benefits. It has always been associated with love, bringing feelings of romance and is quietly uplifting and supportive. Our Bulgarian Rose Hydrosol is the soothing, fragrant base we add to everything else.

Source: A traditional, certified organic farm in Bulgaria, where they have been growing roses for centuries.

Method of Extraction: Our friends in Bulgaria make our distillate water (rose water) and essential oil by steaming the fresh petals. It takes over 10,000 pounds of fresh rose petals to make 1 pound of rose oil!


Rosehip Seed Oil

{Rosa rubignosa}

General: Rose hips are the fruit of the rose shrub. They form after successful pollination in early spring, ripening through late summer. Rosehip seeds lay inside this little fruit. Native to Europe and western Asia, most rosehip (and rosehip seeds) are today cultivated in the Andes mountains.

Skin Benefits: Extremely high in essential fatty acids and provitamin A, rosehip seed oil works wonders on scars and is the predominant treatment for wrinkles and aging in the Western world. See our Immortelle Calming Eye Serum, Nourishing Herbal Day or Night Cream, Sunshade Lotion, or Mama Belly Butter for examples of applications of rosehip seed oil.

Note: We also use powdered rosehip seeds as a gentle exfoliant in our new Oregon Blossoms Hydrating Mask.

Source: Chile | Certified Organic

Method of Extraction: Cold-pressed from seeds


Rosemary

{Rosemarinus officinalis}     

Source: Hungary     Wild harvested

Method of Extraction: Steam distilled from the flowering tops.

15 ml

AROMA

The thin, pale oil has a powerful aroma that smells fresh, sweet and herbal with slightly medicinal undertones. It is considered a middle note in perfumery.

BLENDS WELL WITH

Atlas cedar wood, bay, bergamot, black pepper, chamomile, cinnamon, clary sage, cypress, eucalyptus, frankincense, geranium, immortelle, juniper, lavender, lemon, marjoram, myrrh, noble pine, oregano, peppermint, pink grapefruit, ravensara, red thyme, sweet basil, sweet orange, tea tree, Valerian.

REPORTED THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES

Analgesic (pain-relieving), antispasmodic and nervine properties make rosemary an effective addition to massage blends and topical treatments for arthritis and rheumatism pain. Cleansing, antimicrobial and anti-fungal, it helps combat dandruff, hair loss and dull skin. Rosemary is excellent in diffuser blends to banish sickness and in healing salves.

AROMATHERAPY

Inhale directly or diffuse to stimulate the senses, combat mental fatigue, remain focused and alert while driving and studying and for easing the mental fog caused by hangovers.

PRECAUTIONS:

SPECIFIC

Avoid while pregnant and with epilepsy and hypertension. Dilute! May cause skin irritation - do a patch test before using.

GENERAL

As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted, in eyes or mucus membranes. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier oil).

 

{For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.}


Rosewood Essential Oil

{Aniba rosaeodora}

General: A medium-sized evergreen tree native to the Amazon Basin, Rosewood is prized for its floral, spicy aroma. In the 1980's, facing concerns about overharvesting, the Brazilian governement created regulations that mandate replanting after harvest and encourage using branches instead of trunks to make woodchips. Despite these efforts, rosewood remains on the CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) Appendix II list.

Skin Benefits: Made of 90% linalool, rosewood essential oil has tissue regenerating properties that help prevent premature aging and wrinkles. Aromatherapists use it to treat depression and stimulate libido function. Like many essential oils, it is antibacterial and antifungal. Its enlightening, rosey aroma completes our Neem & Sandalwood Purifying Mask, Rose & Cardamom Gentle Foaming Cleanser, and Wildwood Vegan Bar Soap.

Source: Brazil | Certified Fair-trade

Method of Extraction: Steam distilled from rosewood branch chips


Sage Hydrosol


Clary Sage Essential Oil

{Salvia sclera}       

Source: France, Certified Organic

Method of Extraction: Steam distilled from the flowers and leaves.

AROMA

Fresh, sharp, herbal, warm, musky, middle note.

BLENDS WELL WITH

Bay laurel, bergamot, black pepper, cardamom, atlas cedarwood, chamomile, coriander, cypress, frankincense, geranium, grapefruit, jasmine, juniper, lavender, lemon, lime, Melissa, neroli, patchouli, pine, ravansara, rose, sandalwood, sweet orange, tea tree.

REPORTED THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES

Antibacterial, balances estrogenic hormones, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, antiviral, relieves painful menstruation and menstrual cramps, astringent, aids digestion, euphoric, calms and soothes the nerves, wound healing.

AROMATHERAPY

Sedating, encourages a restful night's sleep, antidepressant, reduces anxiety, stress management, promotes inspiration, combats confusion and despondency. Aids in clear thinking.

PRECAUTIONS:

SPECIFIC

  • Avoid with barbiturates. Some evidence suggests that clary sage may increase the sedating effects of barbiturates like hexobarbital.
  • Women using hormone replacement therapy- consult with a physician before using. Some studies suggest clary sage may possibly increase the action of estrogen-replacement drugs.

GENERAL

As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted, in eyes or mucus membranes. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier oil).

{For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.}


Sandalwood

{Santalum spicatum}        

Source: Australian, Certified Organic

Method of Extraction: Steam distilled from the heartwood and roots.

AROMA

The slightly viscous, pale oil has a complex aroma, powerful and diffuse in the top notes. The woody, smokey and sweet heart notes complement the warm and rich balsamic base, with a tenacious woody dry-down that smells fresh, sweet and herbal with slightly medicinal undertones. It is used as a base note in perfumery.

BLENDS WELL WITH

Atlas cedarwood, balsam of Peru, bergamot, black pepper, cardamom, chamomile, clary sage, clove bud, cypress, frankincense, geranium, immortelle, juniper, lavender, lemon, Melissa, myrrh, neroli, patchouli, pink grapefruit, ravensara, sweet basil, sweet fennel, sweet orange, vetiver, ylang ylang.

REPORTED THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES

Sandalwood oil is anti-inflammatory and nourishes and softens the skin. It is used to treat chronic skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. The Institute of Pharmaceutical Chemistry in Vienna has found that application of sandalwood used as massage oil caused significant reduction in systolic blood pressure, hypertension and heart rate. It helps relieve premenstrual pain, rheumatic and joint pain and sunburn. It's strong antibacterial properties make it useful for treating Herpes, thrush, tinea, ringworm, Golden Staph, many forms of streptococcus, infections of the urinary tract, TB, cystitis and gonorrhea. It is also used as a deodorant, diuretic, and an expectorant in the treatment of bronchitis and coughs.

AROMATHERAPY

Inhale directly or diffuse to aid concentration and memory, to become grounded, reduce aggressive behavior, encourage acceptance, reduce irritability, increase feelings of hopefulness and compassion and let go of guilt.

RESPONSIBLE FARMING

Australian Sandalwood is an ecologically responsible alternative to traditional Indian Sandalwood {Santalum album}. The chemical profile of these two precious essential oils is very similar. Our Australian sandalwood is sustain-ably grown and processed in Western Australia, home to the world's largest sustainable Sandalwood reserve. The trees, once abundant throughout the region, were over harvested almost to the point of extinction by the 1920's. The Australian government enacted laws to protect the trees. The plantation we source our oil from planted over 5 million trees (using local host species) in 2011 on land previously cleared for commercial farming. The re-introduction of local species back into landscapes that were cleared for more traditional forms of agriculture is increasing biodiversity at a local scale. Sandalwood plantations are not a mono-culture and have a diversity of species within them. Previous projects have demonstrated an increase in local fauna species, particularly birds. The company recognizes the need to maintain and increase biodiversity wherever possible and does not clear native vegetation in the establishment of its plantations. The trees also help reduce water salinity and absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

PRECAUTIONS:

SPECIFIC

None.

GENERAL

As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted, in eyes or mucus membranes. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier oil).

 

{For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.}


Sesame Protein

{Sesamum indicum}

General: The oldest cultivated oil crop, sesame was domesticated in India at least 3500 years ago and occurs naturally in sub-Saharan Africa. High in protein content, we use hydrolyzed sesame protein for its remarkable ability to fill in and tighten loose, aging skin.

Skin Benefits: A new generation tightening agent; instantly and visibly smoothes the skin, and provides a long lasting hydrating effect. It is backed by in vivo studies substantiating the tightening action, wrinkle releasing effect, instant sensorial experience and moisturization level. Sesame protein is essential to our Youth in Bloom line of products, including Extra Firming Eye Gel, Phyto-Active Day and Night Cream, and Phyto-Active Firming Serum.

Source: India | 100% free of synthetic additives during the hydrolization process.

Method of Extraction: Hydrolized with natural acid to breakdown water and sesame protein molecules.


Sesame Oil

{Sesamum indicum}

General: The oldest cultivated oil crop, sesame was domesticated in India at least 3500 years ago and occurs naturally in sub-Saharan Africa.

Skin Benefits:

Source:

Method of Extraction:


Shea Butter & Oil

{Butyrospermum parkii}

General: The English "shea" comes from s’í, the tree's name in the Bambara language of Mali. Shea has a permanent place in African history, with references from Cleopatra's Egypt, which mentions caravans bearing clay jars of shea butter for cosmetic use. Shea butter is the main ingredient in local soap production and is applied directly to skin and hair to prevent dryness in the harsh West African heat.

Skin Benefits: Deeply moisturizing and calming for sensitive, irritated skin, traditionally extracted shea butter is rich in vitamins, minerals, proteins, and antioxidants. Unlike petroleum-based moisturizers, shea butter restores the skin's natural elasticity. It also allows skin to absorb moisture from the air so that it stays moistuized longer. Our high-quality shea butter enriches Cardamom Vanilla Sugar Scrub, Naked Deep Tissue Massage Butter, Chamomile Dream Ultrarich Body Cream, Mama Belly Butter, and Samadhi Chai Bar Soap, to name a few.

Source: Togo, West Africa | Women-run cooperative | Certified Organic | Wildharvested

Method of Extraction: Crafted using time-intensive traditional methods (up to 30 hours per kilo) and low temperatures, retaining the naturally occuring nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants that are removed during conventional European chemical processing.


Soapnut

{Sapindus mukorossi}

General: Native to lower Himalayan foothills up to 4000 feet, also called wash nut, or Chinese soap berry, the fruits of this deciduous tree contain saponin, a chemical compound that acts like soap (saponified oils) but does not have soap's drying qualities.

Skin Benefits: A gentle soapless cleanser and manual exfoliant. Cleanses skin without over drying and removes dead skin cells that clog pores. It completes the clearing, cleansing effect of our Neem & Sandalwood Purifying Mask.

Source: India | Certified Organic | Certified Fair-trade

Method of Extraction: Dried soapnuts ground into powder.


Sodium Borate

{Sodium borate}

General: The result of the repeated evaporation of seasonal lakes, sodium borate, also called borax, is a mineral with applications in detergents, insecticides, enamel glazes and cosmetics. Despite some controversy, we have no reservations about the safety and usefulness of this mineral in our products. Orally ingested in large amounts, it can become toxic.

Benefits: Borax enables water to stay mixed together with beeswax and oils, and contributes to the inherent natural preservation of a formula without needing chemical preservatives, many of which have been linked to cancer. Borax mixed with water also creates a minor reaction and releases very small amounts of hydrogen peroxide, making it a mild antiseptic and helps to inhibit microbial growth. See example of its function in Volcano Pumice Foot Scrub, Pacific Grapefruit, Exfoliating Shower Cream, Chamomile Gentle Hand & Body Lotion, and Oregon Lavender & Sage Sunshade Lotion, .

Source: Dried lakebeds in the Southwestern U.S.A.

Method of Extraction: The mineral is harvested mechanically and then powdered.


Soybean Oil

{Glycine max}

General: A species of legume native to East Asia, soybeans have been cultivated for some 8000 years for their high protein content. Today, high use of pesticides and fertilizers, combined with cultivation in areas such as the Amazon rain forest have left this amazing plant with a poor reputation. Soybeans, like most legumes, have a symbiotic relationship with a bacteria that live on roots and fix the soil with nitrogen. We use only certified organic soybean oil from the U.S.A.

Skin Benefits: A rich source of linoleic acid, a type of omega-6 fatty acid, organic soybean oil helps the skin absorb other nutrients, a useful addition to products like Oregon Lavender & Sage Body Butter and Hand & Body Lotion. High in protein, vitamin E and lecithin, it moisturizes, has antioxidant properties and can help reverse sun-damaged skin by stimulating collagen and elastin produciton. We use it in our Sunshade Lotion.

Source: U.S.A. | Certified Organic

Method of Extraction: Cold-pressed from fresh pesticide- and fertilizer-free soy legumes.


Spirulina

{Glycine max}

General: A species of legume native to East Asia, soybeans have been cultivated for some 8000 years for their high protein content. Today, high use of pesticides and fertilizers, combined with cultivation in areas such as the Amazon rain forest have left this amazing plant with a poor reputation. Soybeans, like most legumes, have a symbiotic relationship with a bacteria that live on roots and fix the soil with nitrogen. We use only certified organic soybean oil from the U.S.A.

Skin Benefits: A rich source of linoleic acid, a type of omega-6 fatty acid, organic soybean oil helps the skin absorb other nutrients, a useful addition to products like Oregon Lavender & Sage Body Butter and Hand & Body Lotion. High in protein, vitamin E and lecithin, it moisturizes, has antioxidant properties and can help reverse sun-damaged skin by stimulating collagen and elastin produciton. We use it in our Sunshade Lotion.

Source: U.S.A. | Certified Organic

Method of Extraction: Cold-pressed from fresh pesticide- and fertilizer-free soy legumes.


St. John's Wort

{Hypericum perforatum}

General: St. John's Wort derives its name from its traditional flowering on St. John's Day, June 24th. Native to Eurasia, the yellow flower is listed as an invasive species in more than 20 countries, thriving in damaged, burned soil above 1500 meters. Ingested orally, the flower has proved a reliable antidepressant.

Skin Benefits: Infused into organic olive oil, St. John's Wort has potent anti-inflammatory properties as an 5-LOX inhibitor, an enzyme that increase inflammation, and COX-1 inhibitor, an enzyme present in areas of inflammtion. Skin Doctor, Cucumber & Aloe Sunburn Smoothie, Radiance Serum, and Deep Freeze Sore Muscle Rub are a few of our many products that benefit from this invasive, healing flower.

Source: Angelina harvests St. John's Wort from recovering burn areas in the eastern Cascade mountains. She coordinates harvest with the Oregon Department of Agriculture's Noxious Weed program, who support the removal of the invasive flower.

Method of Extraction: Flowers solar infused into organic olive oil


Stearic Acid

General: A white, natural, waxy fatty acid found in animal and vegetable fats. Cacoa and shea butter have unusually high concentrations.

Skin Benefits: Adds a "pearly" or "waxy" feel to our products, ultimately producing a calming effect. It is most useful as a thickener, surfactant and emulsifier. It allows the water- and oil-based components of our products to settle into a smooth, even consistency. Useful in many products including Neem Purifying Mask, Pitta Cleansing Milk, Body Butter and Sunshade Lotion.

Source: Malaysia | Non-GMO Sustainable Palm Oil from Emery Oleochemicals

Method of Extraction: Hydrogenated (with water above 200 °C) from non-GMO palm oil.


Sugar

{Saccharum officinalis}

General: A perennial grass native to South Asia, Indian people chewed on raw sugar cane for milennia before a process was discovered to turn the "honey-bearing reed" juice into transportable crystals. Sugar cultivation has since driven colonization, malaria infestation, slavery and today drives record-high diabetes rates.

Skin Benefits: Our sugar is the perfect size and shape for exfoliating dead skin. It is a biodegradable alternative to plastic microbead exfoliants. The natural antimicrobial properties that allow it to be transported great distances make it an excellent cleanser. We carry three shea butter sugar scrubs, Lavender & Sage, Cardamom Vanilla, and Pacific Grapefruit.

Source: South America (various) | Certified Organic | With dangerously sharp leaves, conventional sugar plantations are burned before harvest, producing a carcinogenic sludge harvesters must walk through. Organic sugar harvesters are highly trainined and wear thick protective gear to avoid being cut.

Method of Extraction: Made from evaporated organic cane juice.


Sunflower Oil

{Helianthus annuus}

General: Native to North America, native Americans domesticated the crop some 3000 years ago. The large yelow flower is actually composed of hundreds of tiny flowers. When the seeds ripen, these small flowers fall away and the black and white seedheads turn downward.

Skin Benefits: A light, non-greasy oil that won’t leave skin feeling oily. It is rich in linoleic acid (an Omega-6 essential fatty acid), as well as palmitic acid and stearic acid, all components of healthy skin. It supports prevention of premature aging in our Youth in Bloom Phyto-active Day Cream and Youth in Bloom Hyrdating Cleanser. We also add this non-greasy oil to Pitta Gentle Cleansing Milk, Oregon Blossoms Hydrating Mask and all of our soaps.

Source: U.S.A. | Certified Organic

Method of Extraction: Cold-pressed, unrefined


Tangerine Essential Oil

{Citrus reticulata}

General: Tangerine was the name given to a fruit coming from Tangier, Morocco. It is closely related to mandarin oranges and is native to mainland China.

Skin Benefits: Like most citrus essential oils, tangerine oil is a powerful antiseptic, preventing the spread of harmful bacteria and keeping our products fresh. We use tangerine oil primarily for its cytophylactic properties—it stimulates new cell division and the recycling of cellular material back into new cells. We use tangerine oil in products intended to slow aging, firm wrinkles, and rejuvinate, like Youth in Bloom Phyto-active Firming Day and Night Cream. It also helps maintain skin oil and moisture balance in Nourshing Herbal Day & Night Cream.

Source: Brazil | Certified Organic | Certified Fair-trade

Method of Extraction: Cold pressed from fresh tangerine peels


Sweet Orange Essential Oil

{Citrus sinensis}             

Source: U.S.A.   Certified Organic

Method of Extraction: Cold-pressed from the fresh fruit rinds.

AROMA

The greenish orange oil is rich, sweet, full-bodied and citrusy. It is a middle note in perfumery.

BLENDS WELL WITH

Basil, bergamot, black pepper, cinnamon, clary sage, clove, coriander, eucalyptus, frankincense, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, juniper, lavender, lemon, lime, marjoram, Melissa, myrrh, neroli, patchouli, rose, sandalwood, vetiver, ylang ylang.

REPORTED THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES

Uplifting, antidepressant, aids digestion, antiseptic, works well as a household cleaner, disinfectant, supports lymph drainage, anti-fungal, expectorant, antispasmodic, antibacterial.

AROMATHERAPY

Brings feelings of happiness and joy, antidepressant, aphrodisiac, relaxing, reduces anxiety, increases optimism, reduces stress.

PRECAUTIONS:

SPECIFIC

None known.

GENERAL

As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted, in eyes or mucus membranes. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier oil).

{For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.}


Thyme Essential Oil

{Thymus zygis}         

Source: Spain, Wild harvested

Method of Extraction: Steam distilled from the leaves and flowers.

AROMA The slightly viscous, golden oil has a powerfully herbaceous aroma that is at once warm and sharp, woody and spicy. It is considered a middle note in perfumery.

BLENDS WELL WITH

 

Atlas cedar wood, balsam of Peru, bay, bergamot, black pepper, cardamom, clary sage, clove bud, cypress, eucalyptus, frankincense, fresh ginger, geranium, immortelle, marjoram, noble fir, pink grapefruit, rosemary, sandalwood, sweet orange., tea tree, thyme.

 

REPORTED THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES

 

Cleansing, highly antimicrobial, anti-fungal and anti-parasitic. Excellent in diffuser blends to banish sickness and in healing salves.

 

AROMATHERAPY

 

Inhale directly or diffuse to stimulate the senses, banish fears and increase feelings of courage and bravery.

 

PRECAUTIONS:

 

SPECIFIC

 

Avoid while pregnant and breast feeding. Dilute! May cause skin irritation.

 

GENERAL

 

As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted, in eyes or mucus membranes. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier oil).

 

{For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.}


Titanium Dioxide

General: Titanium oxide is the naturally occuring oxide of titanium, widely used in paints for its brightness and high refractive index, breaking up light waves.

Skin Benefits: Provides protection from the ultraviolet spectrum B (UVB) rays that cause sunburn. Our titantium dioxide is powdered to remain larger than the nanoparticles now infamous for absorbing into the skin. Does not pose the hormone-disruptive risks posed by chemical sunscreen agents like oxybenzone. See our Sunshade Lotion, Herbal Day Cream or Goji Mate Moisturizer.

Source: Germany

Method of Extraction: Sulfuric acid is added to a naturally occuring mineral like ilminte or rutile (which occur as black sands) to yield titanium salt.


Triphala

{Emblica officinalis, Terminalia chebula & Terminilia belerica}

General: Translated as “three fruits”, it is composed of the dried fruits of amalaki, bibhitaki and haritaki. Triphala is widely used in Ayurvedic medicine and is said to balance the three constitutional elements of human life: the nervous system, the metabolic processes, and the body’s structural integrity.

Benefits: Amalaki is a great rejuvenator and a strong natural antioxidant and is also known to help boost the immune system. Reportedly having 20 times the vitamin C content of an orange, it is the highest known natural source of vitamin C. Haritaki, the Tibetan “king of medicine”, is a classic heart-brain-longevity tonic, believed to be what is in the extended palm of Buddha. Bibhitaki is a rejuvenative that promotes hair growth. We feature this ancient medicine in our Hairgasm Sea Salt Texturizing Mist.

Source: India | Certified Organic | Certified Fair-trade

Method of Extraction: Dried, powdered fruits

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Tumeric

{Curcuma longa}

General: Native to southwestern India, tumeric has been used as a dye for Hindu monks' robes and in South Asian cuisine for thousands of years. Its anti-inflammatory, healing properties are essential in Indian Siddha medicine.

Skin Benefits: Lightens and brightens skin and age spots. Reduces pain and inflammation and kills bacteria, making it an excellent treatment for acne. See the deep golden orange tumeric gives to our Avocado & Honey Hydrating Recovery Mask.

Source: India | Certified Organic | Certified Fair-trade

Method of Extraction: Rhizomes are boiled for about 30–45 minutes, dried in hot ovens, and finally ground into a deep-orange-yellow powder.


Undaria

{Undaria pinnatifida}

General: Often called wakame (ワカメ), this edible cold-water seaweed is slightly sweet and has a satiny texture, used in soups and salads. Japan and Korea are still the world's top producers and consumers.

Skin Benefits: Provides an abundance of beneficial minerals and nutrients to the skin, including eicosapentaenoic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid, sodium, iodine, calcium, thiamine, and niacin. Wakame is the inspiration for our Undaria & Mint Exfoliating Cleanser.

Source: Coastal Northern Japan | Wildharvested by hand using traditional techniques | Certified Fair-trade

Method of Extraction: Air-dried and powdered


Uva Ursi

{Undaria pinnatifida}

General: Often called wakame (ワカメ), this edible cold-water seaweed is slightly sweet and has a satiny texture, used in soups and salads. Japan and Korea are still the world's top producers and consumers.

Skin Benefits: Provides an abundance of beneficial minerals and nutrients to the skin, including eicosapentaenoic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid, sodium, iodine, calcium, thiamine, and niacin. Wakame is the inspiration for our Undaria & Mint Exfoliating Cleanser.

Source: Coastal Northern Japan | Wildharvested by hand using traditional techniques | Certified Fair-trade

Method of Extraction: Air-dried and powdered


Vanilla

{Vanilla planifolia}

General: Vanilla beans are actually the fruit of a delicate orchid native to the East Coast of Mexico. According to mythology, this aromatic flower first grew from the blood of a princess who was killed when found with a forbidden lover. Today Indonesia and Madagascar produce most of the world's vanilla, forced to pollinate by hand as only the Melipona bee seems to have a taste for vanilla pollen. Read our interview with Patricia Rain, the inspiring woman behind our double-distilled organic fair-trade vanilla.

Benefits: The flowery, fruity aroma of Tahitian vanilla beans brings a naturally comforting, aphrodisiac quality to our products. It co-inspired our Cardamom Vanilla aroma line and enlivens Nourishing Herbal Day & Night Cream, Hairgasm, and many other products.

Source: Tahiti (French Polynesia) | Certified Organic | Certified Fair-trade | Small family farm

Method of Extraction: Sun dried to enhance the scent, then carefully removed using a double-extraction method


Vegetable Emulsifying Wax

General: Our emulsifying wax is sourced from naturally occurring plant fats and esters.

Skin Benefits: Vegetable emulsifying wax is what make our products go on without a greasy, sticky feeling. It allows water and oil molecules to sit right next to each other, creating a smooth, non-watery, moisturizing, non-greasy consistency. Many products benefit from this vegetable product, including Grapefruit Hand & Body Lotion, Oregon Blossoms Hydrating Mask, and Youth in Bloom Day Cream.

Source: U.S.A. | Non-GMO Corn or Soy

Method of Extraction: Vegetable wax is treated with a detergent (typically sodium dodecyl sulfate) to create a clear, waxy substance that allows oil and water to combine into a smooth emulsion.


Verbena

{Undaria pinnatifida}

General: Often called wakame (ワカメ), this edible cold-water seaweed is slightly sweet and has a satiny texture, used in soups and salads. Japan and Korea are still the world's top producers and consumers.

Skin Benefits: Provides an abundance of beneficial minerals and nutrients to the skin, including eicosapentaenoic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid, sodium, iodine, calcium, thiamine, and niacin. Wakame is the inspiration for our Undaria & Mint Exfoliating Cleanser.

Source: Coastal Northern Japan | Wildharvested by hand using traditional techniques | Certified Fair-trade

Method of Extraction: Air-dried and powdered


Vetiver Essential Oil

{Vetivera zizanioides}

 

Source: Indonesia, Wild harvested

 

 Method of Extraction: Steam distilled from the root.

 

15 ml

 

AROMA

 

The dark, viscous oil has a deep, earthy, sweet aroma. It is a base note in perfumery.

 

BLENDS WELL WITH

 

Atlas cedar wood, bergamot, black pepper, clary sage, fresh ginger, geranium, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, patchouli, pink grapefruit, rose, sandalwood, sweet orange, ylang ylang.

 

REPORTED THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES

 

Vetiver has a long history of use in perfumery. It stimulates healthy new cell growth, is anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, making it useful for soothing acne, vitiligo and dry skin. It relieves muscular aches and soreness, calms and soothes the nerves, alleviates tendinitis pain, joint stiffness and menstrual cramps.

 

AROMATHERAPY

 

Inhale directly or diffuse to increase mental focus and calm, alleviate depression, increase memory and concentration, relieve anxiety, encourage restful sleep, feel more grounded, reduce anger, soothe grief and reduce fear.

 

PRECAUTIONS:

 

SPECIFIC

 

None known.

 

GENERAL

 

As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted, in eyes or mucus membranes. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier oil).

 

{For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.}


Blue Violet Leaf

{Viola tricolor}

General: Ubiquitous in the temperate northern hemisphere, non-purple violets are also known as pansies or Johnny Jump-ups. Ancient Greeks associated violets with ferility and love. The young flowers and leaves are both edible.

Skin Benefits: Violet leaves are one of the few natural sources of salicylic acid, which helps skin shed dead cells from the top layer and decrease redness and swelling. Vitamin A allows skin to regenerate itself. Vitamin C is brightening and counteracts free-radical damage. Violet leaf is gentle and perfect for rosacea, eczema, psoriasis or any dry, sensitive skin. We use it in our Youth in Bloom Phyto-active Firming Day & Night Cream.

Source: Bulgaria | Certified Organic

Method of Extraction: Aqueous extract (tea) made from dried leaves


Vitamin E Oil

{Mixed tocopherols}

General: Orginally isolated from wheat germ, most vitamin E today comes from soybean oil. It has become famous its ability to protect skin from, and reverse, damage by oxygen free radicals.

Skin Benefits: A well-known antioxidant, vitamin E disrupts and can even reverse the premature skin aging initiated by UV-irradiation. It also reduces the number of sun-damaged cells and increases healthy enzyme activity on the skin, helping skin to clean itself and regenerate. This soy product benefits many of our products including Cardamom Vanilla Silky Skin Oil, Radiance Serum, Skin Doctor, and Immortelle Calming Eye Serum.

Source: U.S.A.

Method of Extraction: Isolated from cold-pressed soybean oil.


Wheat Protein

{Triticum vulgare}

General: Native to the Near East, present day wheat is the result of early farmers observing which wild grasses had larger seeds and were more likely to keep their seeds on the stock and avoid falling off during harvest.

Benefits: Strengthens and moisturizes the hair shaft, increasing its ability to absorb and retain moisture. Essential to our Hairgasm Sea Salt Texturizing Mist.

Source: U.S.A.

Method of Extraction: Hydrolyzed from wheat germ (which is about 13% protein)


Wintergreen Essential Oil


Willow Bark

{Salix alba}

General: Willow roots help hold riverbanks together. Willows shoots have a remarkable germination rate, easily taking root after being passed downstream. Native Americans relied on willow bark for many medicinal needs. It is a temporary pain-reliever. Its high salicylic acid content inspired Aspirin and then the whole gamut of non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

Skin Benefits: A natural source of salicylic acid and anti-inflammatory constituents with effects similar to aspirin. Sloughs off dead skin cells to open pores and reduce pimples and acne. Helps decrease redness and puffiness around blemishes. See our Willow Bark & Licorice Pore Refining Serum.

Source: U.S.A. | Certified Organic

Method of Extraction: Pressed from fresh bark.


Witch Hazel Extract

{Hamamelis virginiana}

General: Native Americans have long boiled witch hazel stems to make a decoction to treat swelling, sores, bruises inflammation, and tumors.

Skin Benefits: Anti-inflammatory—reduces redness & swelling. Powerful astringent—tightens pores. Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Facial Toner, Lavender & Aloe Facial Toner, Phyto-active Firming Serum, Pore Refining Serum all benefit from this traditional medicine.

Source: Oregon, U.S.A. | Wildharvested

Method of Extraction: Double-distilled from the fresh bark.


Xanthan Gum

General: Xanthan gum is a polysaccharide secreted by the bacterium Xanthomonas campestris during the fermentation of a sugar like glucose or lactose. Today most xanthan gum is produced from corn glucose.

Benefits: Commonly used as a thickener within the food industry, xanthan gum acts as a stabilizer in skincare products, preventing ingredients from separating for a smooth, easy-to-apply consistency. Xanthan gum gives Sunburn Smoothie, Hydrating Cleanser, & Coconut Exfoliating Mask their characteristic smoothness.

Source: U.S.A.

Method of Extraction: After a controlled fermentation process, the polysaccharide is separated with isopropyl alcohol then dried into a powder.


Yarrow

{Hamamelis virginiana}

General: Native Americans have long boiled witch hazel stems to make a decoction to treat swelling, sores, bruises inflammation, and tumors.

Skin Benefits: Anti-inflammatory—reduces redness & swelling. Powerful astringent—tightens pores. Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Facial Toner, Lavender & Aloe Facial Toner, Phyto-active Firming Serum, Pore Refining Serum all benefit from this traditional medicine.

Source: Oregon, U.S.A. | Wildharvested

Method of Extraction: Double-distilled from the fresh bark.


Ylang Ylang

{Cananga odorata}          

Source: Madagascar     Certified Organic

Method of Extraction: Steam distilled from the flowers.

AROMA

The thin, clear oil has a richly sweet-floral aroma with fruity undertones. It is used as a middle or base note in perfumery.

BLENDS WELL WITH

Bay, bergamot, cardamom, chamomile, clary sage, clove bud, eucalyptus, fresh ginger, grapefruit, lemon, melissa, neroli, palmarosa, patchouli, peru balsam, rose, sandalwood, sweet orange, vanilla, vetiver.

REPORTED THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES

Ylang ylang is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and antiseptic. It balances breathing rate, supports healthy cell division, helps lower blood pressure, balances and regulates heart function. Balances oily skin, promotes wound healing, encourages hair growth, nervine (calms and soothes nerves).

AROMATHERAPY

Inhale directly or diffuse to reduce anxiety and fear, promote deep sleep and relaxation, increase feelings of love, pleasure and joy, as an aphrodisiac, to induce euphoria, reduce anger, despondency and frustration, reduce mood swings and manage stress.

PRECAUTIONS:

SPECIFIC

Dilute. May cause skin irritation.

GENERAL

As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted, in eyes or mucus membranes. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier oil).

 

{For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.}

 


Yerba Mate

{Ilex paraguariensis}

General: A evergreen shrub or tree in the holly family, yerba mate trees can grow up to 50 feet tall. The Guaraní people, native to the area between the Uruguay and lower Paraguay rivers, have used the leaves for centuries to stimulate the mind and nervous system, reduce fatigue, enhance immunity, slow aging and control the appetite.

Skin Benefits: Contains three times the antioxidant value than the famed green tea. Readily absorbs damaging free radicals, saving cells from structural damage (from sun, aging). Yerba mate contains almost all the vitamins needed to sustain life—vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, and B complex, carotene, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, biotin and vitamin C complex—leaving skin soft and nourished. It also possesses 15 different amino acids, plus significant amounts of magnesium, calcium, iron, sodium, potassium, manganese, silicon, phosphates, zinc, niacin, sulfur, and chlorophyll, choline, and inositol. Essential to our Ultralight Moisturizer, Sunburn Smoothie, Melissa & Honey Night Cream, and Willow Bark Pore Refining Serum.

Source: Locally procured by our friend, Santiago, at Top Leaf Mate | Misiones, Argentina | Certified Organic | Certified Fair-trade from family farm

Method of Extraction: Cold-brewed aqueous extract (tea) from yerba mate leaves.


Zinc Oxide

General: Zinc oxide has been found in Indian zinc mines dating back to 1000 B.C. Pushpanjan, likely zinc oxide, was used in ancient India as a salve for eyes and open wounds.

Skin Benefits: Zinc oxide is a mineral sunscreen that protects skin from both kinds of ultraviolet raysUVA which triggers the free radical oxidization that accelerates aging, and UVB, which causes the redness and soreness associated with sunscreen. Our zinc oxide is powdered to remain larger than the nano particles now infamous for absorbing into the skin. Does not pose the hormone-disruptive risks posed by chemical sunscreen agents like oxybenzone. See our Sunshade Lotion, Diaper Ointment, Lip Balm, or Herbal Day Cream.

Source: Today most zinc oxide is synthetically produced. Ours is from natural zincite deposits in the Andes of Peru.

Method of Extraction: Zinc ore is superheated to produce zinc vapor which oxidizes with oxygen in the air to form a white powderable substance.